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Harrison Memorial Library

Harrison Memorial Library is the public library of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Library service in Carmel began in 1906, when the Carmel Free Library Association began lending books from a little redwood building. For a fee of one dollar per year, people could borrow any one of 500 books from the Association's "Reading Room" heated by a wood burning stove.

Ida Johnson was President of the Library Board in 1906. She also worked as a librarian in the little redwood building that then housed the library's 500 books. Like many of Carmel's early residents, Ida was an artist, who supported herself in part by hand painting china. She was an accomplished water colorist and painted over 100 watercolors of California native plants. In recognition of this creative woman, the library named its computer system "IDA".

The current Main Library building was designed by the renowned California architect Bernard Maybeck and financed by a bequest from Ella Reid Harrison as a memorial to her husband, California Supreme Court Justice Ralph Chandler Harrison. The Harrison Memorial Library opened in 1928 and services were expanded with the addition of its Park Branch facility in 1989.

Community support of free library service was strengthened in 1992, when the library began to rely totally on private gifts for books, supplies, electronic resources and computer equipment. Today, private support has become the foundation of the library's free public services.

Contact Information:

Harrison Memorial Library
P.O. Box 800
Carmel, CA 93921
Telephone: (831) 624-1615 
Email: hml.localhist@gmail.com

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Note : Audio cuts off at the end.  Description :  Audio recording of public lecture given by Edward Bosley on the topic of architects Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene. The Greenes were important California architects in the beginning of the 20th century, designing numerous famous residential buildings, including the Gamble House in Pasadena, CA. The brothers were an important part of the Arts and Crafts movement and had a lasting impact on California architecture. Edward Bosley goes...
Topics: californialightandsound, Educational, Gamble House (Pasadena, Calif.), Greene, Charles Sumner,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Scriviani, Larry
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Note :  Part 1: difficult to hear the audience asking questions towards the end; Part 1 cuts off at the end.  Description :  Recording of a public lecture given by Brother Larry Scrivani of the Archdiocese of Monterey, at the Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel, CA. This lecture given by presents the story of Santiago Duckworth, the first visionary of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Duckworth was an early Monterey businessman, realtor, and investor. In 1888, he bought rights to develop the Carmel area,...
Topics: californialightandsound, Duckworth, Santiago, Land use--California, Real estate...
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Note : Part 1 cuts off at the end. Description : Recording of a public lecture given by historian Kent Seavey at the Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel, CA, on the subject of artists on the Monterey Peninsula. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Kent Seavey. Copyright Holder has given Institution permission to provide access to the digitized work online. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the...
Topics: californialightandsound, Ariss, Bruce, Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902, Bohemian Club (San Francisco,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Boutelle, Sara Holmes
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Note : Audio cuts off at the end.  Description :  Recording of a public lecture given by Sara Holmes Boutelle at the Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel, CA, on the topic of Julia Morgan and her lasting impact on western architecture. Julia Morgan was an important California architect of the early 20th century. She designed more than 700 buildings over her career, including Hearst Castle, buildings on the UC Berkeley campus, the Asilomar conference grounds, as well as commercial buildings and...
Topics: californialightandsound, Architecture, Modern--20th century, Architecture--California, Women...
Source: Tape 1 of 1: 1/8 inch audiocassette
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by Medeiros, Cynthia
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Note : Part 1 cuts off at the end.  Description :  Recording of a public lecture given by Cynthia Medeiros at the Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel, CA, on the subject of poet Nora May French, a San Francisco bohemian, a Californian poet, and early member of the Carmel Arts and Crafts Club, a group which helped establish Carmel as artist colony. This presentation delves into French's poetry and tells the story of a lesser known figure of California's literary and artistic history. Rights :...
Topics: californialightandsound, French, Nora May, 1881-1907, American poetry--20th century, Poets,...
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by Biro, Linda Teague
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Note : Audio cuts off at the end.  Description : Recording of a public lecture given by Linda Teague Biro at the Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel, CA, on the subject of artist Donald Teague. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Linda Teague Biro. Copyright Holder has given Institution permission to provide access to the digitized work online. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright...
Topics: californialightandsound, Swanson, James N., Teague, Donald, 1897-, Artists--California, Carmel...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Weston, Cole, 1919-2003
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Note : Part 1 begins in the middle of the speech; Both parts are cut off at the end.  Description : Recording of a public lecture given by Cole Weston at the Harrison Memorial Library in Carmel, CA. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Cole Weston Trust. Copyright Holder has given Institution permission to provide access to the digitized work online. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the...
Topics: californialightandsound, Forest Theater Guild (Carmel, Calif.), Golden Bough Theater (Carmel,...
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by Sallee, Denise
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Description :  Recording of a public lecture given by Denise Sallee at the Harrison Memorial Library, Carmel, CA, on the topic of Anne Hadden. Anne Hadden (1874-1963) was appointed the first librarian for Monterey County in 1913. This lecture presents the beginnings of the Monterey County Free Library system through the efforts of its first librarian. Hadden established branches throughout Monterey County and brought library service to the Big Sur region, and facilitated communication and the...
Topics: californialightandsound, Librarians, Pioneers--California, Public libraries--California--History,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Robinson, George A.
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Note : Audio has a lot of hum. Description : Written on the original tape: "1965 - Christmas week - George A. Robinson interviewing Herbert (Bert) Heron at Bert's home in Carmel, Ca (Robinson Collection)." Call Number:  H47av1 Digitized by  California Revealed .
Topic: californialightandsound
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